Posted on 18th October 2016 / 566
Category : Maritime / Ship / Vessel
Industry Type : Maritime, Transport
Power Type : Diesel
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Partially Restored

MB Fountain was purpose built as the fleet’s flagship!

She is unique and one of the last extant ships built at Yarwoods Shipyard in Cheshire.

MB Fountain is now an historic museum ship on the National Register of Historic Vessels, representing maritime industrial heritage, but she used to supply fresh water services to vessels on both the River Thames and Medway.

She was built in Cheshire in 1952 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons to work on the river Thames and she even served as the bunkering ship to HMY Britannia during visits to the Pool of London.

It is a more modern version of the Thames sail barges.

She is a 75ft (80 L.O.) riveted steel hull bunkering vessel, fitted with a 121 hp Lister Blackstone diesel engine. This 3 cylinder Lister diesel was reliable and gave her a speed of around 7 knots!

Fountain stayed in service until the late 1990s and, upon the dissolution of C. Crawley who owned and operated her, was sold to private owners who lovingly maintained her and kept her wheelhouse and engine room in original condition – phew!

There is now a ‘friends of’ group who are continuing to restore her as a museum ship. Read their campaign page – HERE! and for ways to join in – HERE!

They are also exploring her links to the designs of the ships that attended Galipoli!

Find out more on their website – HERE!

 

 

North Fambridge, Essex

MB Fountain

MB Fountain was purpose built as the fleet’s flagship!

She is unique and one of the last extant ships built at Yarwoods Shipyard in Cheshire.

MB Fountain is now an historic museum ship on the National Register of Historic Vessels, representing maritime industrial heritage, but she used to supply fresh water services to vessels on both the River Thames and Medway.

She was built in Cheshire in 1952 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons to work on the river Thames and she even served as the bunkering ship to HMY Britannia during visits to the Pool of London.

It is a more modern version of the Thames sail barges.

She is a 75ft (80 L.O.) riveted steel hull bunkering vessel, fitted with a 121 hp Lister Blackstone diesel engine. This 3 cylinder Lister diesel was reliable and gave her a speed of around 7 knots!

Fountain stayed in service until the late 1990s and, upon the dissolution of C. Crawley who owned and operated her, was sold to private owners who lovingly maintained her and kept her wheelhouse and engine room in original condition – phew!

There is now a ‘friends of’ group who are continuing to restore her as a museum ship. Read their campaign page – HERE! and for ways to join in – HERE!

They are also exploring her links to the designs of the ships that attended Galipoli!

Find out more on their website – HERE!

 

 

North Fambridge, Essex

MB Fountain
Category : Maritime / Ship / Vessel
Industry Type : Maritime, Transport
Power Type : Diesel
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Partially Restored
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